swimming in it...
It is clear that neo-fascist capitalism does not like freedom... This could seem an idiotic statement, but it is true. When most neo-fascist capitalists talk about freedom, it is only on their own term, within the box that they create, including justifying the destruction or conquest of "others" for the box to exist.
Capitalism is only a tool of trade.
Neo-fascism is a doctrine of conservative politics that milks greed and glory, using capitalism to profit. I have argued on this site before, that should capitalism be our only tool of survival, it should be run by socialists: It is a bit more cumbersome, but far less painful and less psychopathic than when it's run by the neo-fascist conservatives. The neo-fascist conservatives call themselves or have been called "neo-liberals". They are capitalist neo-fascists.
Neo-fascist capitalists (or capitalist neo-fascists) are somewhat hypocritical about this, in the sense of they would ask what other freedom is there to have "but to get what you want when you want it"? I cannot argue with this.
Once we're on the treadmill, it's basically impossible to get off. Should we fall off the treadmill, we will be punished in various ways, from bankruptcy to being dragged through the mud for being a loafer, or we acquire clinical depression for being a "failure". Success is the name of the game and we shall try over and over, as we fall off the saddle — or as we trundle behind our neo-fascist masters like troops of peasants going to war with pitchforks.
The neo-fascist system does not like people being out of the loop for too long, so there will be compassionate "cures" including charity to get us back on the treadmill. We can't have much time to smell the flowers nor philosophise about life or see outside the box: we have to contribute and we have to foremost consume. It's as simple as this. Consume. In reality we never produce enough for the total of our consumption. Thus as we consume more, we get into debt. And the neo-fascist love it.
Contradictorily, the neo-fascist capitalists hate loafers, can only deal with a certain number of "loafers" but capitalism needs "loafers" in order to keep the cost of employment as low as possible. This is why the neo-fascist capitalists hate unions...
The present neo-fascist attack on unions led by Tony-the-Great-CONservative in Australia is a prime example of this. This attack of course was set as a counterpoint to the Royal Commission into sex abuse in institutions — including the Catholic Church — instigated by the previous government. Even Abbott has already siphoned cashed earmarked for the sex abuse commission towards "his" royal commission into the unions.
The neo-fascist really hate their "religious" beliefs to be so dragged through the mud, though they "support" the investigation — mostly to show it was only a few rogues priests who did the deed, while in their neo-fascist mind, all unions are corrupt.
Union are being demonised at the moment by both sides of politics because what is also happening in business and other aspects of life, there has been some pilfering in the high echelons of some unions. But not all. In the mind of the neo-fascists, all unions have to suffer. It's convenient. And on the socialist side "the union movement" is stopping its evolution towards being more like the neo-fascists. Greedy.
Of course the media has had a field day demonising unions — until their major witness is shown to be far more corrupt that their target... So there is an instant cover up. News become "we can't comment, the matter is in front of a court" though before, it did not stop them to tar and feather whom they chose, as long as the targets were on the Labor side. Most media in Australia is ultra-conservative and serving the neo-fascist well.
We need our boogeyman when capitalism is sick or roaring hot. When capitalism is sick, it's due to workers — they earn too much while loafing too much. It's never due to the bosses who have their little scheme of bonuses and tax evasion in the Bahamas. We know, it's tradition that the donkey be blamed for all the ills and pestilence on the planet...
When capitalism is roaring hot, the unions can be bashed at will.
In order to survive capitalism needs people to submit. This is mostly fascism. How is this submission to the treadmill achieved in a "modern world" when slavery and serfdom have been abolished? The submission is generated on two major fronts.
First by using the traditional formula of religious dependency upon a "belief" and second by encouraging debt dependency. The military and secrecy is also used as a mafia for protection of the system in which decrees are formulated to make sure we toil, but rarely get ahead, except in small enjoyable comforts that our acquiring thereof provides massive profit for the rich. It's an improvement on slavery. We can have curtains hiding the brick wall. In a socialist capitalism, we are entitled to a small window.
Capitalism needs us to consume beyond our ability to consume, unsustainably. It is as simple as this. Capitalism is deliberately unsustainable. And capitalism is designed to be discreetly neo-fascist in its approach as to who rules the roost.
The central hub of neo-fascist capitalism is the USA. There is more deliberately conflicted zealot religious people in the USA than possibly anywhere else on earth. Atheism in US politics does not have a chance. Most of the masses in the US are dependent of churches and religious organisations for their moral guidance — and most of the same people will be in favour of aggression and guns. "Hell, Christ, let me defend my turf against evil. Amen".
Neo-fascist capitalism could not survive if everyone was rich and/or equal... Thus the neo-fascists promote illusions of equality and freedom while abhorring those. This is the neo- in the hypocritical fascist equation.
As an aside, I can tell you that should someone develop a reasonably cheap reliable singular power unit to supply between 3 and 5 kWh to your home, using poo, grass cuttings and a combo of solar/farts energy, the neo-fascists would try very hard to stop it, or they would steal it from you. The system wants you to be dependent of the grid. Because there is no capitalism without dependency. Capitalism hates self-sustainability or self-sufficiency.
And this why I can call this neo-fascism, because no matter how the system is designed, you are dependent to provide something in order to survive. There is a strong sense of ownership that comes with this system. From patents to blocks of land, we are all owners, except of our own self and the inevitable dispossessed.
Even the unemployed on "benefit" provide something: they consume and they are mostly content. They do not revolt and don't steal much. They are on the shunt-lane because there is NEVER enough employment out-there. This is deliberate, though begrudgingly the system has to pay some meagre benefits — that the CONservatives always try to cut, in order to send people back to the treadmill. There are never enough consumers to have more treadmills working full bore. Most of the treadmill jobs have been replaced by robotics which end up producing more goods than can be bought... Cheap goods and massive debt become the next trap from the neo-fascists.
Should there be full employment in this system of supply and demand, the price of labour would go through the roof.
And as we know, capitalism encourages "competition"... Often this competition is a fake and manipulated by banks for "profit" but this for another day...
So far capitalism is the best system we have to move onwards, towards changes for the best on this small planet with no second thoughts about the damage done around us... But in the hands of CONservative neo-fascists, capitalism is dreadfully unfair and dangerous.
In a capitalist neo-fascist world, our emotions are very much controlled by our learnt ability to consume... This reaches an insane level of compromises in our dealing with "news", especially on "commercial" TV et all, mixed with advertising. Even the ABC is not immune. The "news" (whatever that is) is of course a mouth piece for the propaganda of our neo-fascist masters in which the serious news is soon replaced by sport, a few graphs about the state of capitalism and the weather... Art features rarely.
For example, the "Project" (News commentary on Channel 10) last night had a sombre ten minutes while discussing MH17, then soon after all presenters went into hysterical laughter with various comical stories...
Within a 30 minute stint, we were taken on a roller-coaster ride of emotions from anger (that nasty Putin!), sadness, sorrow, a need to buy pantie liners, the price of a new car with exciting talking gizmos, clowning, more laughter, air freshener, loo cleaners, your need of insurance against your own death, and compassion as the "team" came back to a serious note about a school kid whose friend was taken away by the "authorities" for being an asylum seeker... all this followed by more adverts about automated pesticides. more dunny cleaners and a fast food outlet price blitz. Cheap! Magic... I know better than to let my mind go through this washing machine of brainwash without a fall back position. I listen to classical music. But then it's about whatisname (Lohengrin) going on a crusade for the Holy Grail... Boy, there is no escape to our misery... and of people murdering someone else...
Let's live in a fish-bowl. Or can we do better than this?...
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